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The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins


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The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types.

His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world.

In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights.

And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children.

The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.


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      "A very important book, especially in these times... a magnificent book, lucid and wise, truly magisterial " -- Ian McEwan "Written with all the clarity and elegance of which Dawkins is a master. It should have a place in every school library - especially in the library of every "faith" school" -- Philip Pullman "A resounding trumpet blast for truth... It feels like coming up for air" -- Matt Ridley "A spirited and exhilarating read... Dawkins comes roaring forth in the full vigour of his powerful arguments, laying into fallacies and false doctrines with the energy of the polemicist at his most fiery" -- Joan Bakewell Guardian "This is my favourite book of all time... a heroic and life-changing work" -- Derren Brown

      Prefacep. 1
      A Deeply Religious Non-Believerp. 9
      Deserved respectp. 11
      Undeserved respectp. 20
      The God Hypothesisp. 29
      Polytheismp. 32
      Monotheism P37
      Secularism, the Founding Fathers and the religion of Americap. 38
      The poverty of agnosticismp. 46
      NOMAp. 54
      The Great Prayer Experimentp. 61
      The Neville Chamberlain school of evolutionistsp. 66
      Little green menp. 69
      Arguments for God"s Existencep. 75
      Thomas Aquinas" "proofs"p. 77
      The ontological argument and other a priori argumentsp. 80
      The argument from beautyp. 86
      The argument from personal "experience"p. 87
      The argument from scripturep. 92
      The argument from admired religious scientistsp. 97
      Pascal"s Wagerp. 103
      Bayesian argumentsp. 105
      Why There Almost Certainly is no Godp. 111
      The Ultimate Boeing 747p. 113
      Natural selection as a consciousness-raiserp. 114
      Irreducible complexityp. 119
      The worship of gapsp. 125
      The anthropic principle: planetary versionp. 134
      The anthropic principle: cosmological versionp. 141
      An interlude at Cambridgep. 151
      The Roots of Religionp. 161
      The Darwinian imperativep. 163
      Direct advantages of religionp. 166
      Group selectionp. 169
      Religion as a by-product of something elsep. 172
      Psychologically primed for religionp. 179
      Tread softly, because you tread on my memesp. 191
      Cargo cultsp. 202
      The Roots of Morality: Why Are we Good?p. 209
      Does our moral sense have a Darwinian origin?p. 214
      A case study in the roots of moralityp. 222
      If there is no God, why be good?p. 226
      The "Good" Book and the Changing Moral Zeitgeistp. 235
      The Old Testamentp. 237
      Is the New Testament any better?p. 250
      Love thy neighbourp. 254
      The moral Zeitgeistp. 262
      What about Hitler and Stalin? Weren"t they atheists?p. 272
      What"s Wrong with Religion? Why be so Hostile?p. 279
      Fundamentalism and the subversion of sciencep. 282
      The dark side of absolutismp. 286
      Faith and homosexualityp. 289
      Faith and the sanctity of human lifep. 291
      The Great Beethoven Fallacyp. 298
      How "moderation" in faith fosters fanaticismp. 301
      Childhood, Abuse and the Escape from Religionp. 309
      Physical and mental abusep. 315
      In defence of childrenp. 325
      An educational scandalp. 331
      Consciousness-raising againp. 337
      Religious education as a part of literary culturep. 340
      A Much Needed Gap?p. 345
      Binkerp. 347
      Consolationp. 352
      Inspirationp. 360
      The mother of all burkasp. 362
      Appendix: A partial list of friendly addresses, for individuals needing support in escaping from religionp. 375
      Books cited or recommendedp. 380
      Notesp. 388
      Indexp. 400
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      Richard Dawkins

      Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, author and outspoken atheist. He has established himself as a biological guru with the publication of books detailing and expanding upon Darwinian theory. Wired Magazine says this "Revolutionary Evolutionist" is the first true ethologist of the gene. Richard Dawkins has been concerned to convince the literate public that they must now take evolutionary theory seriously as the context within which to think about ourselves and the world and he strives to bring his theories to an audience of lay readers through comprehensible analogies and clear writing.The Wall Street Journal said his "passion is supported by an awe-inspiring literary craftsmanship." The New York Times Book Review has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that he forces his reader to understand them too." Among his books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil's Chaplain,The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.

      Born March 26, 1941, son of Clinton John (a farmer) and Jean Mary Vyvyan (Ladner) Dawkins; married author Marian Stamp, August 19, 1967 (divorced, 1984); married Eve Barham, June 1, 1984 (divorced); children-Juliet Emma; married actress Lalla Ward, 1992. Education: Balliol College, Oxford University, B.A., 1962, M.A., 1966, D.Phil., 1966.

      University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of zoology, 1967-69; Oxford University, Oxford, England, lecturer in zoology and fellow of New College, 1970-90, reader in zoology, 1990-95; Evolutionary biologist and the Charles Simonyi Professor For The Understanding Of Science at Oxford University; Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in May, 2001.The Galaxy British Book Awards named him Author of the Year in 2006 for The God Delusion, and in 2008 his TV program 'The Genius of Charles Darwin' won Best Documentary Series at the British Broadcast Awards. He was listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2007.

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      ISBN: 9780552773317
      ISBN-10: 055277331X
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 464
      Published: November 2007
      Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 12.5  x 2.8
      Weight (kg): 0.32
      Edition Number: 1